Ambitious about Autism - Campaign to prevent children with autism missing out on school
Ambitious about Autism have launched a campaign to prevent children with autism missing out on school. A recent report by the charity titled ‘When Will We Learn’ used information from a survey of 745 children and young people, parents and carers. It highlighted that 45% of children with autism have been sent home illegally or denied a full education.
The campaign focuses on ensuring that teaching staff are well trained and supported to meet the needs of children with autism in the classroom. More information can be found here.
I CAN Impact Report 2015-16
I CAN have recently launched their 2015-16 Impact Report. The report contains new visual graphics to demonstrate the scale, impact and significance of children’s speech, language and communication needs as well as the impact of their continuous efforts to speak out on behalf of all children and young people with SLCN. You can view an online version of the report here.
Highlights from the year include:
- Trained workforce – I CAN helped train 950 early years settings to support children’s early language; 2,679 children benefitted from Early Talk Boost and 27,000 children with delayed language were helped by their programme Talk Boost KS1
- Outstanding schools - Both I CAN’s schools maintained an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating and 100% of Dawn House leavers moved on to further education or employment
- Enquiry Service - 405,007 people received crucial information for helping their children’s communication skills through I CAN’s Talking Point website and 100% of callers rated the service highly.
Looking forward, I CAN will continue in their efforts to make sure children’s language skills become a policy priority. I CAN aim to continue to expand their reach, identify opportunities for intervention and make sure speech, language and communication remain central to the agenda for change.
National Literacy Trust's Talk To Your Baby Conference 2017: Early Language in a Connected World
The National Literacy Trust’s early years conference is back for its 13th year on 13th March 2017 at London Metropolitan University. Talk To Your Baby brings together a wide range of delegates from different disciplines across the sector to reflect and offer expert perspectives on policy, research and practice.
The conference focuses on translating research into practice, and this year will highlight the importance of influences on early language development in pre-schoolers, particularly ages 0-3.
Specialist practitioners and academics will discuss impact on early talk from three key areas: child to parent interaction, practice in settings, and factors in the wider community including public health and technology.
Chaired by Jean Gross CBE and with representation from the local government, academia and neonatal public health, the conference offers valuable opportunties for collaboration.
To find out more and book your place at an early bird price of £195, please click here.